Three Bracelets and a New POY Leader on WSOP Day 25

After more than a decade playing poker Fabrice Soulier has his first gold bracelet.

Three new WSOP bracelet winners and a new leader in the POY race highlight Day 25 at the World Series of Poker.

We've got the details on that plus ongoing action from each and every tournament from the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Event 36 - $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em – Winner

1,734 bought into this event and Russian Mikhail Lakhitov outlasted them all.

This victory was good for $749,610, a bracelet, and the lead in the 2011 Player of the Year race, an accolade that belonged to Phil Hellmuth before this evening.

Lakhitov had cashed four times at this summer prior to this win, and now has just under $1 million in lifetime earnings.

Lakhitov defeated Hassan Babajane heads-up.

Event 37 - $10,000 HORSE Championship – Winner

Fabrice Soulier took down his first WSOP bracelet this afternoon, defeating Shawn Buchanan heads-up to claim $609,130.

The two returned at 3pm to finish the final table that began yesterday. Soulier held a seven to one chip lead and wasted no time shutting the door on the Canadian Buchanan.

This was France’s fourth bracelet at the 2011 WSOP.

Click here to read the interview we did with Soulier this afternoon.

Event 38 - $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em – Winner

2,192 players bought into the event and after three days of play just two remain.

Arkadiy Tsinis is leading Michael Blanovsky by a seven to three margin as the two take the night off before returning tomorrow to decide a winner.

Mikhail Lakhitov WSOP Winner
Mikhail Lakhitov wins a second bracelet for Russia in 2011.

Over $540,000 is on the line, plus the gold bracelet.

Event 39 - $2,500 Pot-Limit Hold’em/Omaha – Winner

606 players bought into this mixed Hold’em and Omaha event and it took over 29 levels to decide a winner.

Mitch Schock is that winner, earning his first WSOP bracelet and over $310,000.

Schock defeated Rodney Brown heads-up.

Other players of note who cashed in this event included Rami Boukai, Scott Clements, Joseph Hachem, David Williams and Tom Schneider.

Event 40 - $5,000 Six-Max No-Limit Hold’em – Day 2

Just 20 players remain at the end of Day 2, down from the 732 who bought into this event.

Justin Flitz is in the lead heading into Day 3, with big name players like Matt Jarvis, Jude Ainsworth, Matt Vengrin and Hafiz Khan all in the top ten.

Tomorrow all 20 players will return and do their best to play down to a winner within ten levels, at which time play will be stopped.

Event 41 - $1,500 Limit Hold’em Shootout – Day 1

538 players bought into this low-stakes Limit Hold’em Shootout and, by virtue of each table playing down to a winner we’re left with just 60.

Over $167,000 is waiting for whoever can make it through the next two rounds of play. Everyone who has made it this far is guaranteed a payout of $4,118.

Among those who made it to Day 2 are Todd Witteles, Ivo Donev, J.J. Liu, Victor Ramdin, Eugene Katchalov, Randy Lew, Hoyt Corkins, Brock Parker and Noah Boeken.

Click here for a full list of those who made it through the day.

Event 42 - $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship – Day 1

The Pot-Limit Omaha Championship is one of the most prestigious and well attended $10k events on the WSOP schedule.

This year 361 players entered, creating a prize pool of $3,393,400.

Tom Dwan made the final table of the $10k HORSE event that ended today, and now finds himself among the chip leaders in this PLO tournament.

Also in the top ten is Dwan’s fellow high-stakes player Sami Kelopuro, as well as Peter Jetten, Vanessa Selbst, Max Pescatori and Tom Marchese.

Click here to read our live coverage of this event.

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